HOUSTON – An 18-wheeler just leaving a local factory on its way to California tipped over about miles out of town Tuesday night.
The tractor-trailer had just left International Paper and was southbound on Highway 15 on its way to Los Angeles with a load of cardboard when it failed to negotiate the curve at the Old Highway intersection south of town.
The lone-vehicle accident occurred about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday and the two, team drivers were not seriously injured in the accident.
“The driver told us he just lost control, got off the highway and when he tried to get back on the road, it went over,” said Houston Fire Department Capt. Jason Davis. “The two drivers got a few bumps and bruises, but it could have been worse.”
Davis said the drivers were treated at the scene. He described the burnt-orange Kenworth and trailer as a total loss.
Davis said the fire department, Houston Police Department, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the accident.
Traffic was blocked and detoured onto the northbound lane until wreckers from Parker Towing were able to right the vehicle and get it off the road.